Harry Potter fans will recognise Robbie Coltrane for his memorably gruff performance in the films as Hagrid while others might recognise him as the lead in Cracker. Whichever role you think of him most frequently, Coltrane has been honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Film Award at this year’s British Academy Scotland Awards.
After a one year absence, the Scottish BAFTAs returned on Sunday November 13th and were held in Glasgow at the Radisson Blu on Argyle Street. Some of Scotland’s biggest names in film and television attended the awards to see Coltrane and all of the other winners presented with their prizes.
Before getting into acting, Coltrane was one of the most popular comedians in Britain. Now he is a much-loved actor who, in addition to playing everyone’s favourite half-giant with a bushy beard, has demonstrated his wide-ranging talents as a mafia kingpin in two James Bond films.
Other winners at the British Academy Scotland Awards include James Cosmo for his role in Donkeys, which also won Best Feature Film, and Peter Mullan for directing NEDS. Mullan also won the Best Writer award for his film, which was nominated for a total of four awards. NEDS tells the story of a teenage boy growing in Scotland during the 1970s. It poses questions about whether you can transcend the destiny of your class and break away from social norms.
The awards was a glittering affair, with many famous faces turning up. It was a night filled with celebrations of Scottish talent and with an increasing number of films being shot in the country, Scotland looks set to firmly keep its place on the film map.